Not only are quick-drying bath towels highly absorbent and resistant to mildew and odors, but they also can dry and be ready to use again within a few hours. And, when shopping for the best quick-dry bath towels, you'll want to look for one type of towel: microfiber.
Why microfiber towels? Because the fibers in a microfiber towel are much thinner than the fibers in your standard towel, they have around four times as much surface area as a same-sized cloth towel. Not only does this extra surface area allow them to absorb more water, it also means they dry up to three times as fast as a classic cloth. (More surface area exposed to air equals faster drying times.)
But, microfiber towels are more expensive and are not quite as soft as cotton. If these are deal breakers for you, look instead for a thin, lightweight cotton towel. While not as quick-drying as microfiber, a cotton towel that's on the thinner side will still dry far faster than its thick and plushier counterpart.
With that said, scroll down for the three best quick-dry bath towels you can buy on Amazon.
1. The Overall Best
For the value, there's no better quick-drying bath towels on Amazon than these Polyte microfiber ones. Like any 100-percent microfiber polyester towels, they are absorbent as well as mildew and odor resistant. However, these towels are also particularly soft, thanks to the dual pile weave design. Sold in a set of four, you get a lot of towel for your money with this option. These towels measure an oversized 30-by-57 inches when expanded, but, due to their thin and lightweight nature, they'll fold up compactly. They come in four colors — white, beige, gray, and a medium blue — and have a satin trim on the edges, giving them a more luxurious appearance. Amazon reviewers seem to love them, too, giving these towels a glowing 4.3-star rating.
What fans say: “These are absorbent towels with a nice feel to them. They dry super quick. I use them as bath towels but they would be good for the beach or camping as they dry quickly."
2. The Runner Up
Although they are a little smaller and slightly pricier per towel than the overall best pick, these JML microfiber bath towels are still a solid choice, especially if you only need or want a set of two. They are made of soft and highly-absorbent, 100-percent microfiber and are designed with a loop on the label, making them ideal for hanging from hooks. Available in 20 color options, including this fun pink and white striped print, these towels are both a stylish and functional choice for your bathroom.
What fans say: “These towels are a STEAL for the price. I’ve had mine for a couple months and I absolutely love them. They dry quickly and I love how big they are."
3. The Most Affordable
If you're looking for a quick drying towel set to stock a bathroom with, you can't go wrong with this AmazonBasics three-piece set. You get one bath towel, one hand towel, and one washcloth all for a very affordable price. Although the towels are made of 100-percent cotton, they are less dense and lighter than your classic cotton towel. Plus, you can choose from eight different colors to match your bathroom's decor — from crisp white to sea-foam green to lavender. Need more bath towels? You could also upgrade to the eight-piece set.
What fans say: “They dry so quickly! I have an apartment with ridiculous humidity levels and these towels are dry when I need them. They don't feel like traditional cotton towels (they're very light and fluffy), but they do a great job absorbing water and get better with each wash.”
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